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New To Rock Climbing? Catch Up On Our Tips Here! Part 2

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Many sports and activities available in the outdoors can provide fun and excitement for all ages. From hiking and camping to biking and more, you’re sure to find the adventure to match your lifestyle. Rock climbing is one outdoor (and indoor) sport that can provide a major challenge and achievement for any individual. Whether you choose to top-rope, boulder, or trad climb, it is vital to procure the proper mountain climbing equipment and training needed to ensure a safe and productive adventure.

Inner Mountain Outfitters is proud to be your online source for climbing, rescue, and mountaineering gear online. Our expansive store features caving, climbing, and work and rescue gear to provide help when you need it the most. We take pride in only stocking the best equipment, and can help you to find the perfect fit for your next excursion.

When it comes to climbing, it is important to do your research and plan ahead before jumping in. Today, we’ll conclude our discussion on rock climbing tips for newbies. If you’re looking for top-quality rescue gear, caving equipment, survey tools, or mountain climbing equipment, Inner Mountain Outfitters is here to help!

Focus on Core Strength

Sure, rock climbing can put a lot of pressure on your upper body to do the heavy lifting, but your core will be the one thing that decides whether you succeed or fail. Core strength in climbing helps at all levels of the sport, including balance and control to ensure that you climb steadily. New climbers may find themselves struggling to engage their core enough. In these cases, it is often recommended to seek out other conditioning practices to strengthen core muscles and increase endurance. Many climbers enthused about making progress will take conditioning courses or look up online routines to help in the endeavor.

Know the Lingo

Proper communication between the climber and belayer will help to ensure a fun and safe outcome for everyone involved. It is essential for the belayer to know what the other individual is doing, and the climber must check to ensure that their partner is alert and ready to belay. Every phase of your climb relies on a certain verbiage, although the specific phrases can vary:

  • Before climbing - The climber will state “On belay!,” meaning that they are on the rope and asking if their partner is ready. The belayer will respond “Belay on,” to indicate that everything is in place and ready for ascent. The climber will then declare that they are climbing in some fashion. Their belayer will then confirm with a phrase like “Climb on,” to indicate they are ready for climbing.
  • While climbing - Phrases like “take” and “falling” can indicate to the belayer what is happening or what to do as the climber ascends. Once a stop has been requested, the partner will confirm that they have obliged and are ready to hold.
  • After climbing - Once at the top, the climber will announce they are ready to come back down. The belayer will respond that they are lowering. Once at the bottom, the climber will announce “Off belay,” meaning they are safely on the ground. The belayer will respond that they are done, as the belay is off.

These basic commands can prove very helpful for new climbers stuck at the crux of their most challenging route. Be sure to pay attention to other climbing terms like jugs, arete, choss, and more to help you pick up the basics and show off your experience.

Plan the Route

Rock climbing is far more complex than King Kong lumbering up the Empire State Building. This sport often relies on specific routes and unique holds to provide an enjoyable experience for climbers. Those who choose to climb on without investigating beforehand may find themselves exhausted halfway up, or stuck on one challenging spot. If you have seen climbers mimic the movements and holds of climbs before they begin their ascent, then you know how beneficial it can be to prepare for any challenges on the route. Placing your hand onto a sloper intended for shoes can cause an quick fall, for example. Our advice? Always scope out a climb before you tie in, and be sure to plan ahead for the best results!

Always Put Safety First

Ordering your new climbing clothing and equipment can be exciting, but remember that rushing through even the most routine tasks can be dangerous. Rope access and mountain climbing equipment are designed to be very safe and highly effective, but only if the gear is deployed properly. Before you head outdoors to test out your new climbing harness, we recommend seeking out guidance first. Inner Mountain Outfitters is here to provide the climbing bolts, rope, locking carabiners, and other mountaineering gear needed to go vertical. If you’re looking for quality customer service to match the best products in the industry, be sure to contact us before browsing our online shop today!

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